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Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by dp2002813, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    To give it some perspective, Elmer Keith left off with the .44 special at 20 grains of 2400 with his 250 grain lswc. Lyman 49 lists 3 different lead bullets from 240 - 245 grains, with a max of 13.2 grains to stay under 14,000 CUP.

    I currently load 20 grains of 2400 and a 245 grain lswc in .44 magnum.

    So if you ask which would I rather have - .44 special or .357 mag and reloading doesn't come into play, I'd pick the .357 mag (as Tiro said, they are kept at low levels for older guns with weaker frames). If I can reload, .44 special.
  2. Nanuk


    Sep 13, 2009
    At home

    Fred, Where did you get your bullets?

  3. Tiro Fijo

    Tiro Fijo

    May 31, 2011

    18.5 gr. in ballon head cases, 17.5 in modern cases were his loads in .44 Special.
  4. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    Nice expansion in your pic.